Pleasant Street work is closer

June 15, 2012 —

The Hudson City Council took a big step toward the reconstruction of Pleasant Street at their meeting last Tuesday evening, by unanimously authorizing the acceptance of a proposal from Fleis and Vandenbrink Engineering of Kalamazoo to start design and engineering work, at a cost of $83,500.

The project has been on the city’s list of streets needing work for some time, but has been put off because it needs to be completely torn out and rebuilt, not just resurfaced, with moving or replacement of water and sewere lines being done while the street is torn up. There is sufficient money in the local street fund to do the work on Pleasant Street from Church to Grove Streets.

The rest of the street is projected to be done in phases over the next two years, with the section between Grove and US-127 coming as a second phase; the final phase would be east of Church Street.

It’s unclear if the work will actually get under way this year, since it would take ninety days after the engineering work is completed to bid out the project.

In other business, a vote to hire a specialized attorney to guide the formation of a Hudson District Library network failed. While the vote was 4-1, five votes were needed for passage since the item was unbudgeted; two council members were absent due to illness. Lee Ann Minton cast the “no” vote, stating that she’s opposed to a District Library.

The attorney fees were estimated to be between $1,750 and $2,500, and would have come from the Library’s fund balance. Council may revisit the item at their June 19 meeting.

The council also:

• Voted to approve a new contract with Pittsford Township for fire services. The contract is for three years.

• Voted to purchase 25 new pagers for use by the Hudson Fire Department. The pagers are needed because of a county-wide change to a narrow band width frequency. The cost of the pagers was $14,775 will come from the fire department’s fund balance.